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Jahmal Williams Explains the Influences Behind His Artistry in MS 08

Jahmal Williams embodies skateboarding in its purest form. The Boston native discovered his craft almost by accident in the ‘80s. Since then, he has compiled a body of work that’s a testament to his personal style and creativity. The culmination of this journey is Hopps—Williams’s skate company that was founded roughly 10 years ago. The brand pulls from street culture, fine art, jazz music, and the urban landscape to create an unfiltered look at the intersection between skateboarding and these key elements of modern society. Lee Smith sits down for a lengthy conversation with the East Coast legend that explores his life experiences and the evolution of his creative process in Mission Statement Episode 08.

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Catch up with Lee Smith in the ‘The Nine Club Podcast’

If you follow Lee Smith on Instagram, you might have seen some of his artworks posted there. In this episode of The Nine Club Podcast, Smith talks about he got into art and how he relates it to learning skateboarding.

“You feel you’re really not good at it and you keep doing it and keep doing it. And then one day something in your brain clicks. And you’re like, I think I kinda figure it out.”

He also narrates growing up in San Francisco and meeting Karl Watson as a kid, moving to Barcelona, starting his own podcast Mission Statement, and more.

Watch the full interview above.

 

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It’s Official: Spencer Hamilton Announces NB# Deal

Spencer Hamilton has been prolific over the past year or so. His hard work has paid off in the form of signing a deal with NB#, which is revealed at the 55:04 mark of the latest episode of The Bunt.

I’ve been loving the Tiago. You know how it is. When you get to your 30s, your feet are bruised and battered. You need some protection. I don’t know how these kids skate in these thin-ass shoes. Ever since I’ve been skating the Tiagos, I’ve been feeling pretty good. Yeah, I just recently signed on with New Balance.

Good to hear that Spenny landed on his feet (pun intended) after the demise of Supra.

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Mark Suciu’s SOTY Run Will Begin in November

It sounds like Suciu’s SOTY run will officially start in November. In the latest episode of The Nine Club, he reveals that he will be dropping footage to coincide with the release of his Gazelle colorway. But this edit is just a prelude of what’s to come. The Habitat pro confirms that his longer part with Justin Albert and Spitfire project are still in progress. If both drop within 12 months of the adidas launch, we’re predicting that he’ll take home skateboarding’s top honor in 2022. The appropriate timestamp is cued up above.

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